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‘The Largest Vegan Grocery Store on Earth’

‘The Largest Vegan Grocery Store on Earth’

For Gentle World founders Light and Sun, a vegan supermarket was once a dream, when they would search in vain for delicious vegan food, way back in the ’70s.

Now that dream has come true, with a retail outlet located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Viva La Vegan … A 100 percent vegan grocery store boasting “the largest vegan product selection on earth.”

Honestly, a single photo of this place simply cannot do it justice. To get some idea of the scale of this store, check out these pictures from the company’s Facebook page. The idea of an entire store of that size filled with only vegan items almost makes a person want to pay a visit to Cucamonga, or maybe even move there.

Thankfully, Viva La Vegan’s website also offers online shopping options, for those of us not fortunate enough to have such conveniences in our hometown.

As confirmed by the company’s co-owner Isaak Iftikhar, the people who own and operate the company are vegan in much more than word. They do not sell any bee products whatsoever, nor do they sell any items with refined white sugar unless it is certified vegan. They also maintain that they rigorously check the sources of the ingredients carried to ensure they were (and are) never tested on animals.

To quote Isaak:

We have written into the articles of incorporation that Viva La Vegan Grocery shall never sell/profit from any products or services that are not vegan. Viva La Vegan Grocery was established for the sole purpose of ending the unnecessary suffering and exploitation, the adversities to our natural environment, and the impact to human health as a result of the consumption and use of animals. We facilitate the transition into a vegan lifestyle by making products and shopping convenient and affordable. We plan to make a vegan lifestyle accessible to as many people as possible. Our store gives living form to the ethical idea that a grocery store can be free from all animal products. Any economic gain from the revenue/profit is for the primary purpose of advancing Veganism and not for personal concentrated wealth. We support vegan principals as they prevail over self-interest.

For those of us with a vision of a truly gentle world, Viva La Vegan is cause for celebration … A real-life glimpse of what a vegan world might someday look like.

Gentle World is a non-profit educational organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. Visit www.GentleWorld.org for more information. (Special thanks to M Butterflies Katz for collecting profiles of 140 vegan businesses.)

 

Read more: Conscious Consumer, Food, Holidays & Gifts, Home, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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6:41PM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

My husband and I spent $170 on groceries last month and $167 the month before that. The SNAP budget for 2 is $270 or $1.50 per meal per person. We spent 93 cents per meal per person. We eat on a budget that is 1/3 lower than the poverty line budget. I had a baked chicken,mixed veggies, and mashed potatoes for dinner.For Easter ,we had a very small 3 lb marinated roast, a vegetable pulao, green bean foogath, Rajma dal (I make it with small black beans called negritos and lots of onion,garlic,and cilantro) and usually,I would have made a cucumber salad with peanuts,and eggplant dish that my middle child loved,an asparagus appetizer, come vegetable fritters,naan, and sindhi banana twirls for dessert. I loved cooking for my family! I loved seeing them look happy and calling me ,"the best mommy." I lived for it. All gone now. I loved my mother's cooking.I cook all her recipes and my mother-in-law's specialties and my own discoveries.Each of us had hard economic times:WW2,The Partition of India,and the 2006 meltdown. You thought I was exaggerating when I said "hard times?" People who say they can't make cuts in their food budget are idiots. All of us are capable of much more than we think we are.

5:27PM PST on Feb 15, 2015

awesome

3:34AM PDT on May 31, 2014

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

12:07AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

wow

1:41PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Fantastic!! Love that a place like this exists. There is a small store in my city that is all organic and vegetarian (close to vegan - they do carry organic dairy and eggs) that is the closest thing we have and am grateful for it.

3:42AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Thank you :)

7:19PM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

I wonder if tey sell online? I doubt it. Where I live we have a superstore that looks similar ,called Loris Natural...... (sorry I can't think and forgot the entire name for some where i've gone many years-it's due to my illness at the moment-sorry)

This is one the the most incredible places to sho where i live and It's huge.It started out smaller but it's always been an incredible store and it is huge. You will find every kind of organic,natural,vegan,vegetarian item/food in the world there. Unfortunatelly,It is extremely expensive. You go in there and you want to buy verything . Even if just looking for some clothes or a gift -FairTrade.

This was an exciting article. Lori's is the closest store i can think of to what is in the article.

TY for posting!!

4:22AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Wish it was closer to me... I would surely go to pay them a visit.

3:46AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Thank you Angel, for Sharing this!

4:16PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Good store.

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